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    Posted: 09 May 2011 at 21:45
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Dyxum member Bob J writes:
I was really impressed with the standard of this year's April foolishness, but due to the large number of participants, I didn't get time to comment anything like sufficiently on the submissions as they were made - so I decided that I would compile a 'Personal Choice' at the end - Easy huh?

Well, no, of course it wasn't, because there were so many great shots posted by all participants, and to try and represent everyone would lead to a really long post... getting it down to a reasonable number of images was really tough as the standard was so high... In the end I've settled for the shots that had most impact on me - as I say it is purely a personal choice, and I apologize to all those participants who I have not represented here...

From the Outtakes

Originally posted by KoBra64 KoBra64 wrote:

that direction

Excellent street scene great subject and observation to catch... Non-classical positioning (ie not going into the frame) adds to jarring feeling and nice balance in the line and arrows.


Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:

The Door that Isn't

A riot of contrasting colour and interesting shapes, wonderful contrast of patterns in the regular louvres and those that are broken and disjointed.


Originally posted by MiPr MiPr wrote:

My favourite tree

Lovely soothing colours an smooth bokeh too excellent choice of focus point combined with a nicely dynamic diagonal sweep to the branch.


Originally posted by Wilu Wilu wrote:

everyday business - LOOks clean

Minamalist and abstracted with fantastic tones and use of warm monochrome (ie not greyscale).

Day 2

Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Urban mirror

Wonderfully observed contrasts the sharp, rounded, distorted image with the straight, regular, vertical and out-of-focus background.


Originally posted by bistri bistri wrote:

How to dismantle a rainbow?

One after my own heart clever use of simple shapes, primary colours, repetition and natural shadows giving texture to the shapes.


Originally posted by k9tales k9tales wrote:


Sparrow in Spring Snow

Wonderful minimalism combined with great detail in the bird's plumage love the placement of the stalks in relation to the bird another shot where the main subject is facing out of the frame and a good example of where breaking rules works.

Day 10

Originally posted by Rusty Rusty wrote:


fantastic sharpness and great colour lighting ideal to show the contours of the leaf also like the diagonal vein.

Day 13

Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

I was banging in some nails . . . .

Great use of regular pattern, I like the colour and linear nature of the foreground and the way the light produces a monochrome and dynamic background the intertwined nails simply add a great humourous dimention and example of great imagination.

Day 14

Originally posted by KoBra64 KoBra64 wrote:

red

Superb colour super-sharp foreground with a glimpse of beautiful smooth out-of-focus green behind. I also like the blending of the steel grill with the natural weaving.

Day 15

Originally posted by sue sue wrote:

wood ant

Wonderfully detailed and well-composed subject background out-of-focus enough to not be too distracting, while the diagonal blade of grass and really spot-on focus are great.

Day 16

Originally posted by Its Atomic Its Atomic wrote:

Flatmate and I cooked dinner tonight

Nice symmetry, with subtle gradations of light and shadow - right side far more contrasty than the left - excellent lighting.


Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:

Photosynthesis

Excellent lighting (backlighting?) - gives give a real sense of the form of the leaf, while the diagonal adds dynamism with that almost neon glow either side of the main stem.


Day 19

Originally posted by Jakuli Jakuli wrote:

Double Shadows

Fantastic reflections and shadows combined with repeating patterns and distortions that are disturbing, while the picture draws you to try to make sense of the differing scales you can see... I'm still not sure which way is up, but I'm happy to stare at this to try and work it through.


Originally posted by Wilu Wilu wrote:

waiting for the rain    this is not only the title of this image but also the general situation over here where i live.

Magnificent colours, contrasts angles and patterns, in a relatively mundane subject bravo!

Day 24

Originally posted by stresskiller stresskiller wrote:

" Green fly "

Great colours and use of limited depth of field like the opposing bugs and the diagonal vein between.


Originally posted by jamesmd jamesmd wrote:

fruit on the table

Wonderful use of light and shade to emphasise shape I like the B&W treatment The presence of the fruit might have led to use of colour but this emphasises the shapes so much better.

Day 26

Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Dutch landscape

Love the monochrome treatment high wispy clouds, a regular row of trees and furrows leading the eye into the picture and the row of trees.


Day 29

Originally posted by Jakuli Jakuli wrote:

National Opera, Helsinki

Wonderful abstraction great lines and contrast of warm tones against the blue in the sunlit parts.

And so ends my selection - congrats to all who took part, I'm sure the pictures submitted will inspire members for a good long time.
 



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a very nice personal choice and i'm happy to be part of it
you seem to like minimalist, well structured pictures. and you are right: the standard of 2011 april foolishness was/is really high. kudos to all participants
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Great selection Bob and difficult to do too, great shots this April foolishnes .

It's a real honour for me to be selected by you from so much excellent shots. Thanks.

Congratulations to all the others , selected and not selected because as I said this April was excellent and really hard to keep the level of submissions .

what ever you do, have fun. thats what it's all about
and move , move you body move your mind , move your point of view, suddenly everything changes ...
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Beautiful selection bob, and well done to all those who took them; some stunning images for sure. Great idea to feedback in this way; your continued critique and comment on all posts is certainly appreciated by me Bob and I'm sure by everyone else.
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Bob,
An exceptional April indeed, congrats to all who participated.
And to have you choose one of my entries among all of those who are so very excellent! Thank you!

I did what my minds eye told me. Apparently it works, even when I'm not certain I got it right.

Thank you, thank you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stresskiller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2011 at 01:41
thx for putting me in this list...

hope that may will bring just as much good pictures as april did
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote KoBra64 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2011 at 12:44
April foolishness was fun with a lot of great shots.
Thank you very much for including me to your personal choice, it means a lot to me, I'm delighted.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote @Jetsplace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2011 at 12:48
A very beautiful collection this way.
Much of them are my favourites aswell.
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Great choices, Bob. And the commentary is very insightful.

Edited by alpha_in_exile - 10 May 2011 at 16:55
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2011 at 19:29
Your choices are interesting. Some of these I would have chosen myself. Others I wouldn't have chosen before but after revisiting them with you, would now. A couple I still wouldn't choose. But it's a great collection and a rewarding trip through them. I even learned what a louvre is! Truly excellent, Bob. Encore!


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Many thanks for this,it certainly has been a productive challenge and these show it beautifully
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great selection! and me being part of it thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2011 at 23:07
Excellent idea Bob . Excellent choice too; and I admire your ability to explain your choice in just a few well chosen words.
I'm honoured to be part of your selection, the more so as I am a great fan of your work.
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Wow, that must have been a terribly difficult task! Nice selection, you picked a lot of my favorites, too. Well done to those selected.   
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